Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and a current board member at Pfizer, said on “Face the Nation” Sunday that he sees the Covid-19 vaccine supply in the US outstripping demand as soon as three weeks from now.
“We’re going to be in a situation – probably as early as three weeks from now – where supply outstrips demand,” Gottlieb told CBS. “I think a lot of states are going to see themselves with excess supply and excess appointments, so it’s going to be a shame to look back, and in retrospect realize, that we probably should have put more vaccine into some of these hotspots to snuff them out earlier.”
Gottlieb also said the US needs to get into the habit of surging Covid-19 resources into hotspots.
Gottlieb said the pandemic needs to be thought about differently. He spoke about planning for past pandemics, such as flu, saying surging resources into hotspots has always been contemplated.
“They never perceived that there was going to be a confluent national epidemic, but there were going to be localized outbreaks,” Gottlieb said. “That, in fact, is likely what we’re going to see going forward. We’re not going to see a confluent epidemic, but we’ll see these hotspots, so we need to get in the habit of trying to surge resources into those hotspots to put out those fires of spread.”